Let me begin by saying that I’ve never heard the voice of any god, demon or angel.
Never! Trust me, I’ve never even gotten a phone call from one. I’m just as relieved to tell the you the truth, because if I ever did hear the voice of a god, any god, I’d shit my britches. On the one hand, it would be the most earth shattering conversation I’ve ever had, assuming that god would let me ask a…Continue
Once again, I'm bringing Debunking Christianity, a website belonging to John Loftus to my blog. I am now a regular guest writer on John's site and proud to be part of his continuing dedication to debunking religion and its harmful effects on humankind.
This week, I wrote an article about the persistent belief in heaven and hell. Although often full of conflicting ideas about what these two places might be…Continue
I started pestering my parents when I was just a kid with questions about why god as our heavenly father would withhold life-saving information from his creation. Needless to say, they never had an answer that satisfied me even back then. Those questions linger, popping up from time to time in adult conversations that I have with friends. To this day, no good answers have been provided. So, I wrote an article for Debunking Christianity where I listed…Continue
One morning, I woke up and said to myself, “I want to travel the world.”
So, I sold everything that I owned and traveled the world for several years. That decision changed my life. Thirteen years later, I winter in Spain and am still crossing off places to explore from my bucket list. As an “untourist” I’ve learned so much about other countries, things I never would’ve known if I’d merely…Continue
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I'm honored to have been invited to be a regular contributor of Debunking Christianity, a website belonging to the sensational Christian apologist turned atheist, John Loftus. John has published many books. He's a religious myth buster extraordinaire. My first article was published a few days ago. It's entitled:…Continue
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I didn't grow up celebrating Xmas.
My religious parents considered it a pagan holiday, along with Easter and all other holidays. We did, however, get a small gift for our birthdays. One year, my annual gift was a bible with my name engraved upon it. I had waited all year for my one gift and this was what I got, a bible. I must admit, I was a tad disappointed, but I smiled and graciously accepted it…Continue
In an effort to share a post that I published recently on Creative Paths to Freedom, my travel website, I offer a link to it on my Atheist Nexus blog. Having lived an unconventional lifestyle growing up in a cult, I went out into the world and pursued a different unconventional life of my own choosing. Although I resented the religious restrictions of my childhood, I was also not impressed with conventional mainstream life. It all seemed to fall short…Continue
If there’s one person out there who didn’t get the memo over 10 years ago that privatizing medicare and social security was high on the republican agenda, I’d like to have them tested for dementia.
The repubs have never made a secret of this.
Ultimately, what they want is to gut the two, gamble with the money until we end up with another…Continue
As I awoke this morning, my first thoughts were of the Republican budget which was passed last night and our country's powerful plutocracy. If there has ever been a true representation by the people, which is highly questionable, we certainly have no voice any longer. I must admit that I felt deeply anxious. Anxiety is rife in our society these days and I had to remind myself not to join the feeding frenzy of fear, anger and despair. Why? Because that's the only…Continue
Have we merely become a wealthier version of the banana republics we use to laugh about?
Typically, a banana republic consists of social classes that include a huge but poor working class and a smaller ruling-class plutocracy, composed of the business, political and military elites.
Christopher Hitchens wrote:…
Why are there so many cases of sexual misconduct? What is causing this surge of revelations? Why is everyone so shocked and surprised?
Those were always the rules to the game.
You knew it. I knew it. Our parents knew it. The presidents down through the ages knew it. The preachers and priests knew it. By the time we were twelve years old, maybe younger, we…Continue
Mass shootings can happen anywhere, but they are only a matter of routine in the United States.
Oddly, I've encountered many Americans who seem resigned to this fact of life in our country. They have no suggestions to remedy the situation except the occasional call for more guns. Americans, however, already have more guns than any other nation.
So if that were…Continue
People keep asking, what is going on in America today? Why is it so different than anything we can remember before this? And, I've taken to screaming this in their ears:
The religious right is doing this to us!
Most people don't or can't keep their eye on that ball because their liberal religions claim to idealize equality and many progressive…Continue
Liberal Christians seem so benign. They hold many of the same political points of view as I do. To one degree or another they also support a secular society. Unlike the conservative Christian or even worse the radicalized Christian, the liberal Christian is less strident, more open minded, less dogmatic and more accepting of other belief systems. Do they do less harm than the more militant fellow Christian soldiers? I contend that in some ways they actually contribute much harm to…Continue
I have long loved the works of the Bronte sisters, Emily, Anne and Charlotte. Such disturbing stories like Jane Eyre provided me with endless hours of entertainment as a young person. I was forbidden the reading of fiction in my devout Christian home, but I managed to hide books from the library and read them after dark with a flashlight under the sheets of my bed. As a young person, I related with the bleak outlook that the Bronte sisters captured in their books.…Continue
America, the land of the free and the home of the brave. Sounds like a song. Oh, wait a minute, it is a song. And, patriots everywhere in this exceptional country sing it, stand for it and well up inside whenever they hear it. Patriotism, a manufactured cultural response to wherever a human is born, still rings loud and clear in most countries. I've never been anywhere in the world, and I've been lots and lots of places, that lacked this feeling of love for country. The commitment to a birth…Continue
We're witnessing the politics of fear — AGAIN
There is something marvelously predictable about human behavior when under duress or living with general anxiety. If day in and day out you're worried about your job or your safety, if every time you open the door a new BIG problem is there to greet you, if you can't keep up with the onslaught of drama, if you don't even understand a good bit of what is being said…Continue
If you think you know the answer to the question in the title, you may still want to read my recently-published opinion piece on the Faithless Feminist.Continue
Most countries import goods from all over the world. We love exotic fruits that are out of season. We drive foreign cars that continually create competition for manufacturers. We wear clothing that was made by people from the other side of the planet. But did you know that nuns and priests are being imported as well?
Shocking, isn't it?
Last winter when I was in…Continue
Charlatans are not a new phenomenon.
They've been around ever since humans discovered how easy it is to trick someone else into meeting their needs — be it giving them money, service or adoration. Although scamming folks is not solely the domain of the religious nor do only the superstitious succumb to such slick dicks, the ordained charlatan is a particularly loathsome critter.…Continue